Higbee Wants Tornado Siren
That's because someone has to go to City Hall to flip a swich during a tornado.
When a nearby twister hit in March, Higbee sent fire trucks to patrol streets and warn residents about the danger."It sounded like a big vacuum," remembered Christina Bruce. "He said it sounded just like a big rush of wind that was coming up, and it was different than just blowing."
Severe storms that devastated Renick also passed just a few miles from Higbee.
"We didn't know what was going on. We thought there was a fire because of the fire trucks," Bruce recalled. "So, we didn't know it had anything to do with the tornadoes."
T.J. Chism, Higbee administrator, explained, "The siren now is strictly manual, that's what it is. It was used for the volunteer fire department and has not been active for a number of years."
Higbee is deciding whether to apply for a federal grant to pay for a modern siren. Based on its population, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will pay 55% of the $6,000-$12,000 cost. Higbee would pay the remaining $3,000-$6,000.
But, local officials said they might fix Higbee's roads before they spend money on a siren.